So we tried Dartmoor again to see if we could do a bit more walking than last time (and potentially camp for three nights). I thought I’d try something different and make notes of how I was feeling along the way. You’ll probably notice that I was quite miserable, but then it got better. I’m hoping when we do Fjallraven Classic Sweden 2018, I’ll feel a bit better after day 2 as I get used to the weight in my pack. This is also a record of things I’ll learn whilst practising.
22:30 In the car, listening to the sounds of the trail podcast, wishing that Dartmoor wasn’t still an hour and a half away .
Dan started listening to the sounds of the trail podcast and finds it funny – I like it because there are lots of women and some of it is so relatable even though I don’t thru-hike yet.
00:23 The tent is up, the stars are gorgeous, just inflating the mat and there we go. It is so much warmer than last time and nice to not be freezing. There’s a horse outside though (or two) and they’re creepy.
0:37 In my sleeping bag, warm, much happier than last time.
8:21 Awake and it’s warm!! Did get a little cold in the night.
I did get a little cold during the night – sleeping in trousers would probably be better given I’m a bit of a wimp.
10:21 we’ve put away the tent and been walking for 15 minutes or so. It really hurts and I hate this so much. But the little lambs were cute.
The first half an hour is always absolutely horrible.
11:01 Climbed up Bellever tor, no energy. Whyyyyy?
I forgot to mention that the view was beautiful.
11:39 So I hadn’t tightened my shoulder straps enough (urghhh) so that’s why the bag felt worse than last time. Still can’t say I’m feeling it yet.
Hadn’t adjusted it for just one layer – I had three last time I used it!
12:15 it’s lunch time – we made it to Postbridge – a pretty little village. Feel loads better (might be because we went downhill).
13:31 had a long reading break looking over the river. Very tired. We’ve only walked about 5km. 7 or 8 left.
14.38 Hartland Tor. It’s so hot today and I’m not feeling it. Urghhh. I want to feel it.
15:38 This is very hard today. But the sun’s gone in and we’re not too far off the forest…I’m just really tired.
16:07 Walked through a bog – can’t tell if my foot is wet from bog water or sweat. Probably both. Having to work out good crossing points distracted me from the fact this is hard.
It was good to have to think about foot placement instead of how warm it was.
16:23 There is just sodding brown everywhere.
Moorland – what can I say?
16:45 We are in the forest and I feel a bit better. Change of scenery is excellent because damn the Moors were getting boring.
17:27 Made it to the camping spot.
It was in a little wood just outside a reservoir area.
18:49 Just used the shewee. Love this adventure.
I bought a shewee because sometimes your legs hurt too much to squat. Was good to practise using it.
19:25 Tent is up, life is instantly better.
19:39 Even better, Daniel cooked dinner (I mean he does every day to be fair).
19:40 Ooooh pasta and weird french grains.
Total distance: 14.2km
9:02 Slept okay but why do my arms and shoulders hurt and why are my legs fine?
12:12 Just been for a quick walk along the reservoir (bagless). I miss bagless walking…it’s too hot so saving the walking for later in the afternoon.
13:19 Note to self don’t take sleeping mat outside there are Ticks everywhere.
Fortunately didn’t get any bites, Dan can’t say the same. Little buggers.
14.19 Off we go, I really don’t wanna put this bag on.
14:59 A public loo! Just at the right time. Walking feels better today – I didn’t distribute the weight well yesterday which is why one of my hips hurt more than the other.
I put my clothes bag upright on one side meaning one side was much heavier than the other. Must learn to pack better.
15:36 Late afternoon is nice. Have a little headache though.
16:57 Uphill hurts. Bag feels better but the heat is relentless.
18:19 Walked through a forest, had a break and a read – back on the moorland but it’s cooler now. Enjoying myself again. It’s kinda beautiful.
20:04 Back at Postbridge, had dinner by the river (tuna and bean pasta). The ‘I’m doing cool stuff feeling’ has kicked in and I’m like yeeeeesss outdoors (also I saw a foal and some lambs which was awesome). I learned how to filter water.
Water filtering is actually easy. You just fill up a bag in the stream, attach this nozzle thing and squeeze the bag so the water goes into the container. Oh you can also drink from the nozzle – how cool is that? (It’s called the Sawyer Squeeze).
20:56 This is amazing. Up on a hill as it’s going dark. It is COOL and I’m not aaaah hot. Just gonna find a good camping spot.
21:21 Blessed with another public toilet! Tonight feels good. So so good. I’m so so happy.
Thanks Bellever Forest for leaving your loos open at night.
22:05 Ah it’s beautiful. The stars are out (maybe a couple of planets). There is no wind. It’s cool. It’s silent. I can see the car (we are going to the car now because I am totally on it). And I am enjoying night hiking.
22:36 Back at the car – 16.6km done today. Walking at night was soooo awesome.
03:15 I am home. Felt a bit sick in the car but so happy to have a bed.
13:04 I love Dan, he made me cheese and marmite on toast. Felt amazing to have a shower and sleep in a bed and urghhhhhhh it’s Tuesday tomorrow.
And there we have it, my second wild-camping adventure. Over in a flash (or not, it was a bit too hot to be happy sometimes!).
On to the next one….